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Michigan whitewater, Big Iron River

Ontonagon county, White Pine to Silver City section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     4.3 miles
  This stretch of Big Iron River in Michigan is 4.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. The scenic beauty of Ontonagon County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the White Pine to Silver City section is one of them. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Great exercise and spending some
    quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. If you're coming from Merrill it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location,
please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The beautiful Gogebic Range scenery  
is an added bonus. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Put some time aside to spend at Pewabeck Falls since you're here at Big Iron River. Porcupine Mountains State Park is a splendid place to stop by on a pretty day, and Bonanza Falls is always fun to check out. At this river you will always have a good time. The skiing at Porcupine Mountain is perfect, and if you're dropping by from White Pine, you won't be the only one. For the duration of the summertime months highs here at Big Iron River reach the 70's.

Big Iron River, White Pine to Silver City road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Big Iron River.
 Whitewater Near Big Iron River:
Big Iron River, Ontonagon County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.3 miles long (White Pine to Silver City)
Little Iron River, Ontonagon County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 7.5 miles long (Nonesuch Falls to Highway 107)
Union River, Ontonagon County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.3 miles long (Union River cabin to campground)
Ontonagon River - West Branch, Ontonagon County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.4 miles long (Norwich Road to Victoria Falls Dam)
Presque Isle, Gogebic County, 19 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Yondota Falls to Copps Mine Road)
Presque Isle, Gogebic/Ontonagon County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.3 miles long (Underwood Tower Road to Steigers Bridge)
Carp River, Ontonagon/Gogebic County, 19 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.7 miles long (above Shining Cloud Falls to Lake Superior)
Little Carp River, Ontonagon/Gogebic County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.4 miles long (Greenstone Falls trail to Lake Superior)
Presque Isle, Gogebic/Ontonagon County, 22 miles away
      Class III-V - 8.4 miles long (Steigers Bridge to South Boundary Road)
Ontonagon River, Ontonagon County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II(IV) - 9.7 miles long (Thayer Road to FS Road 178)
 Ski Areas Near Big Iron River:
Porcupine Mountain, Michigan , 5 miles away, 641 foot drop, 4 lifts, 15 runs
Indianhead, Michigan , 30 miles away, 638 foot drop, 9 lifts, 23 runs
Blackjack, Michigan , 32 miles away, 465 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan , 38 miles away, 600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 33 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 59 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
Ski Brule, Michigan , 71 miles away, 500 foot drop, 11 lifts, 17 runs
Loch Lomond, Ontario , 73 miles away, 750 foot drop, 3 lifts, 14 runs
Lutsen, Minnesota , 88 miles away, 1088 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Granite Peak, Wisconsin , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 8 lifts, 74 runs
 Marinas Near Big Iron River:
Marina Ontonagon, Ontonagon , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Iron River:
AmericInn Silver City, Silver City , 17 miles away
AmericInn Ironwood, Ironwood , 42 miles away
Black Bear Lodge, Saint Germain , 43 miles away
Rustic Manor Motor Lodge, Saint Germain , 43 miles away
Comfort Inn Ironwood, Ironwood , 43 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Iron River:
Porcupine Mountains State Park - Group, White Pine, 2 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park - Union River Outpost, White Pine, 3 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park - Union Bay, White Pine, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Big Iron River:
Alligator Eye Trail, Gogebic , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Iron River:
Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Marais - MN , 56 miles away
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan , 14 miles away
Lake Gogebic State Park, Michigan , 16 miles away
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Iron River:
Ontonagon Golf Club, Ontonagon , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Iron River
Lake Gogebic, Ontonagon , 14 miles away
Tepee Lake, Iron , 20 miles away

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